Thousands of devotees witnessed the celestial wedding of Sri Sita Rama Swamy on the occasion of Sri Rama Navami festival. ‘Jeelakarra bellam' was put on the heads the deities and the mangalasutram was tied with scores of devotees witnessing the celestial wedding at various temples and pandals. The ‘kalyanotsavam' was celebrated on a grand scale in Krishna district on Sunday.
The several Rama and Anjaneya Swamy temples in the city reverberated with the chants of ‘Jai Sri Rama', ‘Kodanda Rama', and ‘Janaki Rama'. Public representatives offered silk clothes and ‘talambralu' to deities at many shrines.
Endowments Department officials decorated the temples with ‘thoranams' and made all arrangements for the divine wedding. Streets wore a festive look with the locals performing the ‘kalyanotsavam' of Sri Sita Rama Swamy at several places in the city.
The deities were decorated with silk clothes and the ‘kalyanam' was performed amid ‘veda mantras' and ‘mela talams'. Sri Rama Navami was celebrated at Ramalayam at Satyanarayanapuram, Besant Road, and One Town, Kodanda Rama temple at Patamata and Sri Abhaya Anjanaya Swamy temple on ghat road in Vijayawada.
‘Kalyanotsavam' of the deities was also performed at several temples in Machilipatnam, Jaggaiahpet, Tiruvuru, Hanuman Junction, Avanigadda, Nandigama, Gudivada, Pamarru, Nuzvid, Mylavaram, G. Konduru, Kanchikacherla and other mandals in the district.
The temples echoed with songs like ‘Sri Sita Ramula Kalyanamu Chuddamu Rarandi', ‘Kalyana Vaibogame, Sri Sita Ramula Kalyana Vaibogame' and the film songs of ‘Lavakusa' and other movies.
At Ramalayam in Besant Road, the ‘kalyanotsavam' was performed at 12 noon at ‘Punarvasu Nakshatrayukta Ahbijit Lagna Puskaramsam'. The temple trustees distributed ‘theerta prasadams' to the devotees after the utsavam.
Keywords: Sri Rama Navami festival